I have a love hate relationship with technology, specifically computer for the past week. I will not go into details and the most important thing is that it has been fixed….for now. But I may MIA again because I am considering migrating to WordPress.org. What do you think?
A small group of friends and I decided to plan an early 4th of July dinner gathering last Saturday, savoring some good steaks and older California wines. There were 9 of us and we had 3 whites and 3 reds. Today, i will share with you the 3 whites.
We started with Schramsberg J Schram 2001. The “Dom Perignon” of Napa Valley. Schramsberg is in Calistoga and it is indeed a good location for them. It was crisp, elegant, delicately Brut, and flavored with lemon peel, hints of apricot, and white flower. We thought it may still be young because Schramsberg Sparklings are well-known for being very age-worthy
Right after that, we moved swiftly to Ridge 2005 Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay. I love the nose of this wine with notes of crispy lemon peel, butter but not too overwhelming, hints of pear, spice, and flora. It tasted brilliant being 7 years old with notes of delicately smoke oak, elements from the aromas echoed and the finish was lingering. Very memorable.
The next bottle came closely. Kistler 2006 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay, Carneros. This is where Kistler impresses. A good example on the ageability of their quality of Chardonnay. It showed aromas of apple/pear note, and hints of smoke. There is a sense of coolness, a strong silent type in style, but still quite showy on characteristics. I would love to have it aged a few more years.
I have been rather quiet for the past few days, and I have a really good reason. I was defeated by technology. I have a love- hate relationship with it. Over the past few days, I have been trying to transit from an old 15 inch laptop to a brand spanking new 11 inch latop. I have opted for a smaller laptop because it is much lighter with more upgrade options. So happy that I will have the option to upgrade its RAM up to 8GB, and I do not know what RAM is.
Anyway, there are loads of data to transfer and I was having a hard time in loading software. I almost wanted to throw the new laptop out of the window, A dear friend came to my rescue while trying to coach his 14 years-old niece on golf (my friend is a pro golfer). Now I am up and running with the new laptop.
While transferring data, I did a ilttle harddrive house keeping and came across this picture I took in 2008. And memory of its taste came rushing back. This is a gorgeous Pinot Blanc from Carneros of Napa Valley. Slightly elegantly sweet, noteable pure fruit and tight crispy acidity. It was savored while celebrating my mom’s birthday and a rahter good match to teochew cuisine. Lets see if I can find anyone to share a case with me on my next order…….
This has been a week of Pinot Noir for me, and I can’t help remember a small dinner gathering with Chin, Jon and the VP of Flowers Vineyard at Long Beach Seafood. The night didn’t started out right because the seafood restaurant offered us those small round Libby wine glasses to use and still wanted to charge SGD40 per bottle corkage. I refused the wine glasses and went to a friend’s restaruant nearby to borrow some Riedel. Although we were introducing the iconic Singapore cuisine of Chilli Crab, Cereal Prawn and Black Pepper Crab to my oversea guest, it was the Pinot Noir from Sonoma (Flowers 2007 Andreen Gale Pinot Noir), Carneros (Etude 1997 Carneros Pinot Noir) and New Zealand (Dry River 2003 Pinot Noir) that shone brightly and etched elegantly into my memory that I am reminiscing now.